Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Dr. Christopher Freiman

Committee Members

Dr. Christopher Freiman

Dr. M. Victoria Costa

Professor Rebekah Sterling


Multiculturalism aspires to offered permanent, codified, group-differentiated rights to help oppressed racial, ethnic, and national minorities. This thesis examines three of the major works in the multicultural literature -- Charles Taylor's Politics of Recognition, Iris Marion Young's Justice and the Politics of Difference, and Will Kymlicka's Multicultural Citizenship -- and argue that even though they're all predicated on entirely different bases (communitarianism, postmodernism, and liberalism) they all fail to liberate minority groups because of the creation of cultural "scripts", and furthermore have an unacceptable conflation of culture and ethical principles that will undermine the emancipatory project for those groups. When we appreciate these two factors, we should adopt Elizabeth Anderson's theory of Relational Equality that both respects individualism and the primacy of justice while appreciating the fact that achieving universal liberal rights will require the government to treat them differently minority groups differently in certain circumstances.

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